To some people, Courtney Mageau is unique. But to her, life is perfectly normal.
The 26-year-old was born into a racing family and has been around fast cars since she was in diapers. She started driving funny-cars at the age of 13 and is one of just two female funny-car dirvers in Canada.
“People will assume I’m just with the car. Their jaw drops when I say that I’m the driver,” Mageau said while joining me on Inside Sports.
Mageau is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father, and three older sisters.
“Racing is a full-time job on top of my full-time job. In fact, it might be more hours of work,” she explained.
Mageau is fueled by her passion for the sport, but passion doesn’t always equal fame and fortune.
“It’s an extreme hobby. It’s financed out of pocket or by sponsors,” she said.
Looking for a boost, Mageau entered the “Search for a Champion” contest put on by Champion Auto Parts. The winner will be picked by an online fan vote and will drive away with a cool $50,000.
“We put together a new car a couple of years ago, and it’s been a struggle,” Courtney said. “Things have gone wrong. Things have broken, and we’ve been replacing them as we go. It’s tight. We want to make sure we’re putting on the best show for our fans. Having a little bit of extra money would definitely help us in that goal.”
Courtney is one 25 finalists out of more than 800 applicants. You can help her out by voting here until March 23.
Follow Courtney Mageau on Twitter @Girltroublefc and online at girltrouble.ca. Here’s her full interview on Inside Sports: